They’re one of the country’s most telegenic couples: beloved TV journalist Sara Lowell and New York’s hottest basketball star, Michael Silverman. Their family and social connections tie them to the highest echelons of the political, medical, and sports worlds - threads that will tangle them up in one of the most controversial and deadly issues of our time. In a clinic on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a divisive and devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well. One by one, they’re being targeted by a serial killer. And now Michael has been diagnosed with the disease. There’s only one cure, but many ways to die....
©2011 Harlan Coben (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Coben adroitly applies the fundamental rules of thrillerdom (offer a raft of potential villains; keep the action moving at breakneck speed) in this highly entertaining novel...a page-turner!” (Publishers Weekly)
Though the publication date of this book is 2011, it was actually written 20 years ago. I am a big Harlan Coben fan, of his books, now. I am frustrated that I dumped a book credit on an old, not very good book. Caveat emptor on Audible. This has happened to me before. I need to get in the habit of checking other sources for the truth about these books.
Harlan has honed his skills greatly over the years and I would recommend any of his Bolitar books.
I really like Harlan Coben, but he should have let this early work stay in the drawer. The story was slow-paced and frankly, just not interesting. The forward tells the listener that some of the references in the story are dated, but the whole story is dated. Someone advised him incorrectly that this early work was worth publishing. It is just not up to current Harlan Coben standards.
I like Coben but by releasing previously unpublished books he is eroding the quality that his fans have come to expect in his books. The blurb about this book does not mention that the deadly disease is AIDS. His arguments regarding AIDS research are old and trite and very much dated. The release date given by Audible is misleading. I was disappointed.
I talked myself into downloading this one after reading some other reviews...and it was BAD. First, the story is BAD....then - the writing/transitions/characters are BAD and finally, it had a BAD ending. Just not a good listen...disappointed.
I have generally liked Coben's books, especially for their twists. This one is no exception in that department. However, I found it melodramatic and somewhat unsatisfying, unmitigated by Coben's own apology in the forward. As he notes, it is now dated. I'd say downright anachronistic. Too bad. Overall, I liked the plot.
Without giving away any details, there wasn't satisfying resolution of some of the story lines - a little too much like real life, I suppose. I would have preferred a little less hand-wringing internal dialogue from his characters. Sometimes he just went overboard.
If I was reading this review, as a Coben fan I wouldn't be dissuaded by it. So I know you are going to read (well, listen to) the book anyway, likely with the same eyebrow raises, silent groans and head-shakes I did, then you will look for another one of his books to listen to, also just like I did.
Brick did a good job with his narration. I don't know how he kept all the voices straight!
I don't think Coben needs to revisit this book, but I liked the detective characters.
Melodramatic, in both story and narration. Coban even apologizes for the book in his forward, and asks the reader to "be gentle." If he knew it was bad, why did he stoop to publishing something he wrote 20 years ago? Let me guess---he needs the money?
Yes, it did. It has some unexpected twists.
Good narrator. Thats important to me.
Even though it was written a long time ago whem HIV was just becomimg publicly known, it is a great novel. Very edge of your seat. Was tedious at times and preachy and i wished i was reading instead so i could skip over that part, but only in a couple of places. And mostly it was because it was toward the end and i was axious to get to the outcome. The author warns of this a little at the beginning. Still a best seller in my opinion.
Someone who has read every other book written and has no alternative.
Inaccuracy of laws, regulations and the Hippocratic Oath!
He did nothing to embellish. His emotions are often wrong.
Anger - at myself for listening to it; disappointment for audible for exploiting a favorite author by producing such a flawed product.
I have listened to dozens and dozens of books over the past 10+ years and this has to be the absolute worst of the bunch. It did, however, teach me to not look at the date it was recorded but at the date it was actually written -- which is often not easy to find.
Although a bit too reminiscent of his "Play Dead" book, Coben proves that even his older books can hold up,against the best of the new thriller offerings. It also provides some Interesting historical perspective as to how we used to deal with and think about AIDS, and makes you wonder if we have come far enough. The story is ingenious, disturbingly plausible, and so full of twists and turns that I found it impossible to guess the villainous mastermind. As often is present in Coben's books, there is a sports star who destroys every thick necked stereotype we ever had about jocks. And, a smart female in an "opposites attract" relationship. The intrigue involves virtually every friend and relative they both have, and creates a dynamic story. As always, Scott Brick could read the phone book, and I would be rapt.
I sometimes avoid earlier attempts from now famous authors, and generally feel cheated out of my credit. Not so in this case; Coben always had it. And this is extremely professional and masterful. You won't be disappointed.
The gratuitous violence thought necessary to make the point
Like most other thrillers with HIVas the main story line
Scott Brick has a good voice albeit he is excessively melodramatic and after awhile all his characters sound the same. Just read the story without all of the excessive conspiratorialy voicing.
No, unless avoiding other Harlan Coben's stories if they exhibit the same level of unecessary discriptions of violence.
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